• Feature Article

    Justice system 'failing' young indigenous Australians

    Kathryn Kernohan |  Jesuit Social Services is calling on the federal government to raise the age of criminal responsibility to 14 to betteraddress the needs of vulnerable children. A new report says Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people are just five percent of the population but on an average day in 2016-17, represent half those under supervision.
  • Feature Article

    Ambae evacuees to receive help from government

    Plans to support people on Vanuatu's Ambae who want to relocate to the nearby island of Maewo are being finalised. Ambae's volcano has been erupting since September, but activity increased in April with ash and acid rain ruining crops and contaminating water supplies.
  • Feature Article

    Kafka comes to Nauru

    Harold Zwier |  Befriend a Child in Detention started in 2014to support refugee and asylum seeker children in detention, by sending them donated new books, writing material and toys. Letters from Australian school children are also placed inside the books we send, as a way of providing something more personal than a plain gift.
  • Feature Article

    Australians favour conservation, curbs on coal

    Peter Hannam |  Most Australians think climate change is real, about two-thirds view themselvesas environmentalists "at heart", and just over half say the government should not allow new coal mines in the country, according data gathered by WWF and Roy Morgan.
  • Feature Article

    Carbon sinks for kitchens and bathrooms

    Bernard Hickey |  New Zealand faces two challenges: reducing carbon emissions and creating a circular economy. To play its part, ecostore is creating tiny carbon sinks with its plastic bottles made from sugar cane. Bernard Hickey reports for Newsroom on World Environment Day.
  • Feature Article

    Microfinance for women doesn't cut inequality

    Sara Niner |  Giving small loans to people for small household purchases or to invest in businesses has been an integral part ofAustralian,Americanand other aid programs for decades. This is called “microfinance”, and theaimis not only to alleviate poverty, but toempower women.

Corporate harm on the front line in the Pacific

Amy Sinclair | 06 June 2018

Small Pacific nations are easy prey for big business, writes Amy Sinclair, for New Matilda.The natural wealth of Pacific nations is disappearing overseas. Unseen and unheard, the voices of Pacific Island communities on the frontline of deforestation, irresponsible mining and seabed exploitation are being overlooked and human rights abuses are going unchecked in remote rural regions.

The cases of murdered Aboriginal people need to be heard

Amy McQuire | 06 June 2018

In 1988, Aboriginal teenager Mark Haines was found on the train tracks in Tamworth, northern NSW. Immediately, the police thought it was a suicide. That was despite the family knowing that it was “out of character”, and despite the testimony of the train driver who found him, a railway investigator who saw that there was little blood, and a towel folded neatly under his head.

Microfinance for women doesn't cut inequality

Sara Niner | 06 June 2018

Giving small loans to people for small household purchases or to invest in businesses has been an integral part of AustralianAmerican and other aid programs for decades. This is called “microfinance”, and theaim is not only to alleviate poverty, but to empower women.

Kafka comes to Nauru

Harold Zwier | 06 June 2018

Befriend a Child in Detention started in 2014 to support refugee and asylum seeker children in detention, by sending them donated new books, writing material and toys. Letters from Australian school children are also placed inside the books we send, as a way of providing something more personal than a plain gift.

Ambae evacuees to receive help from government

 | 06 June 2018

Plans to support people on Vanuatu's Ambae who want to relocate to the nearby island of Maewo are being finalised. Ambae's volcano has been erupting since September, but activity increased in April with ash and acid rain ruining crops and contaminating water supplies.

Graveyard of dreams: Julian Burnside on the plight of refugees

Luke Buckmaster | 10 May 2018

In a scene from the Australian documentary Border Politics, presenter Julian Burnside AO QC visits a strange and surreal garbage dump on the Greek island of Lesbos, located off the coast of Turkey. Strewn across beautiful grassy hills, with aqua blue water visible in the background, is the unsettling sight of thousands upon thousands of life jackets.

Bin liners to takeaway containers: ideas to solve your plastic conundrums

Koren Helbig | 10 May 2018

Those dedicated to going plastic-free wonder how to dispose of cat litter or buy cleaning products sans packaging. Share your problems – and solution.

Timor-Leste water and food programs

Siktus Harson and Thomas Ora | 10 May 2018

Access to clean water and sanitation is difficult for many Timorese, particularly for those living in rural areas. To help address this, Jesuit Social Service (JSS) have built ten water towers that benefit more than 2,000 people.

Abused indigenous children need safe homes not derailed debate

Helen Davidson | 10 May 2018

Revived arguments about the removal of Indigenous children from their families are just the latest instalment of a “narrow debate” bringing Australia closer to another Northern Territory-style intervention, writes Helen Davidson for The Guardian.

  • The environment most vulnerable as globe warms

    Cecily McNeill | 06 June 2018

    The environment is more in jeopardy than first thought - a new report out of China suggests the Paris Agreement's 2°C increase in the earth's temperature on pre-industrial levels will soon be swamped with projections it will rise to double this figure before the end of the 21st century.  

  • Editorial: recalling Rerum Novarum on the condition of work in May, the workers' month

    Cecily McNeill | 10 May 2018

    May kicks off with International Workers’ Day on the feast of St Joseph the Worker, an important anniversary in Catholic Social Teaching which started with Pope Leo XIII’s encyclical Rerum Novarum in 1891 on the condition of the working classes.

  • Australians favour conservation, curbs on coal

    Peter Hannam | 06 June 2018

    Most Australians think climate change is real, about two-thirds view themselves as environmentalists "at heart", and just over half say the government should not allow new coal mines in the country, according data gathered by WWF and Roy Morgan.

  • Justice system 'failing' young indigenous Australians

    Kathryn Kernohan | 06 June 2018

    Jesuit Social Services is calling on the federal government to raise the age of criminal responsibility to 14 to better address the needs of vulnerable children. A new report says Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people are just five percent of the population but on an average day in 2016-17, represent half those under supervision. 

  • Goldrush of mining applications before NZ law change

    Farah Hancock | 06 June 2018

    While a proposed ban on new mines on New Zealand conservation land lumbers through a public consultation process, there has been a rush of mining applications, writes Farah Hancock for Newsroom.

  • Carbon sinks for kitchens and bathrooms

    Bernard Hickey | 06 June 2018

    New Zealand faces two challenges: reducing carbon emissions and creating a circular economy. To play its part, ecostore is creating tiny carbon sinks with its plastic bottles made from sugar cane. Bernard Hickey reports for Newsroom on World Environment Day.

  • Vatican blasts inequality – greed

    Bruce Duncan | 06 June 2018

    The Vatican has launched a stringent critique of widespread abuses in global economies, which are driving astonishing degrees of inequality, threatening ecological sustainability, and unleashing powerful reactionary political forces in response, as seen in parts of Europe and elsewhere.

  • SPC forum: time for a Just Peace framework?

    Caesar d'Mello | 06 June 2018

    Recently returned from a meeting in France of Pax Christi International, Caesar D’Mello will talk on how Church and other networks are questioning the effectiveness of ‘just war’ thinking, and are reconsidering non-violent methods for promoting human rights, social change, and sustainable peace.

    Thursday 21 June 7:30-9pm: Yarra Theological Union Study Centre, Via 34 Bedford Street Box Hill
    Street parking availableEntry by donation. Refreshments available afterwards.

  • Disaster Capitalism: key for those with an interest in social justice

    Antony Loewenstein | 06 June 2018

    One of Australia’s most fiercely independent writers, Antony Loewenstein, has just released a major film, Disaster Capitalism, It should be required viewing for anyone with an interest in social justice.

  • Reconciliation the new safe word

    Daniel James | 06 June 2018

    National Reconciliation Week has just finished. It’s a week that is becoming more and more dubious in the eyes of many. The week is bookended by two nationally significant dates, 27 May the date of the successful 1967 Referendum and June 3 when we celebrate the historic High Court decision that overturned the lie that is Terra Nullius, known as the Mabo decision.

     


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